A lovely weekend with promise of a few more spring-like days! We will take what we can get. I had a pleasant walk-about Sunday afternoon, looking for more signs of spring and they are there; also signs that winter does not conquer all, as there is still much colour hidden under the snow and coming out on some of the new tree buds. It's easy to feel happier when the sun is shining too. I hope you saw the gorgeous sunset on Saturday evening. It was coloured with gold and reds and purples, with a ray of light shooting straight up into the clouds! Magnificent!
It seems like awards are being handed out this past week at school! Congratulations to Mac Moore, who won the certificate for kindness and to Chandler Ball, who won for empathy. Chandler’s family are also happy to tell that he has won a role in the musical, “The Little Mermaid”. It will soon be aired by the Scott Central School.
The speaker for the Uxbridge Genealogy group cancelled Thursday night, because of possible inclement weather, as she had a long distance to travel. That weather never materialized, at least not here. John McLean covered the subject of Scottish research quite handily, with help from Marian Bellamy. It is hoped that the weather will be better for the March meeting, when the speaker is rescheduled to attend.
Quick healing is wished for Mary Catherwood, who had a knee replacement last Tuesday and came home Thursday; and to my friend and sorority sister Gloria Gorman, who had a hip replacement on Thursday and came home Sunday. Sorry to say that George Johnson has still not recovered from the hip operation he underwent several months ago.
North Durham Nature held their feeder watch on Saturday. It was a much warmer day and not a day which caused flocking to feeders, like a stormy day would do. On six properties the ten participants saw 150 birds of 13 different species. This number is considerably lower than last year. The participants all enjoyed the morning however!
On Thursday night, January 25th, at 7 p.m., join with us in a new feature, “Quiz Night”. Attendees will be divided into teams to compete against other teams, who can identify the most items being shown at a table. Come along and test your skill. Memberships are also due as this is also our A.G.M.
Saturday afternoon I attended the birthday party for Keith Bacon, celebrating his 80th year. I went to high school with him and rode on the same bus. Other Port Perry High School (P.P.H.S.) attendees were also there to congratulate him. Congratulations also came from many other friends and relatives, from this area and all over, as Keith is well known for his work on the Uxbridge Fair Board and other community groups in Greenbank. Keith also has a Sandford connection with the Smalley family.
I was pleased to meet the new minister of the Greenbank/Seagrave churches. Unlike our Rev. Eiko, who comes from Japan, Rev. Stephanie Richmond was raised in Pontypool and lives now in Yelverton, with her husband. She has two children and several grandchildren. We are privileged to have all these caring female ministers in our area!
I was in Greenbank for a short while, as I had tickets to “Oklahoma”. That was a wonderful show. The lead part of Laurie was played by our own Melinda Delorme, using her beautiful voice in both song and drama. Darrell also had a starring part and if you don’t recall his dialogue, you sure would recall the suit he was dressed in as the peddler! They both played their parts to perfection, as did the rest of the cast.
Church this week at Sandford and Zephyr was a little different again, as Rev. Eiko took advantage of technology to display some of her sermon, as well as using it for her Young at Heart time. It went over very well with everyone. The theme was the well known fishers of men (people) story and she talked about how we can all be fishers in our daily lives. Casey was at the piano in Sandford and Nancy at Zephyr, while Melinda is in Oklahoma!
This Thursday the U.C.W. ladies will meet at the church for their potluck lunch, followed by the annual meeting. Following a worship period, the executive for 2018 will be selected, we will discuss the Prayer Shawl program and the Soupers lunch at St. Andrews on February 7th. All ladies are welcome to attend.
Subsequent to the U.C.W. Meeting, the Worship Committee will meet at Sandford Church, at 3 p.m. We hope to plan some activities for the coming three months at least, in the midst of which is Easter.
The meeting scheduled for after the church service at Sandford on January 28th, is cancelled, but will likely take place before many weeks have passed. Next Sunday the church services are as normally scheduled.
Caesarea Nestleton Euchre
The following are the euchre scores for Thursday, January 18th. Heidi Kreig finished in first place. Alma Manns was second. Pat Allemang and Bill Churchill tied for third place. Dianne Slute was fourth and Heni Povey finished in fifth place. Bill Churchill had the most lone hands and Delaine Dyer had the low score.
Congratulations to all of our winners and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday evening.
Caesarea-Nestleton Euchre is held every Thursday, except holidays, at 7:30 p.m. in the Nestleton Community Hall; everyone is welcome.
Blackstock & District Lions Club
We welcomed Lion Ken Huelin and his members from the Lindsay East & District Lions Club to our last meeting. Lion Ken shared with us how their club collects pop tabs in great quantity from schools and from the community, and turn the profits from the aluminum over to the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog School. Next meeting we welcome our Region Chairperson Micheline Lush from Ajax.
Tickets to our March Madness Dance, on Saturday, March 24th, are available from any of our Lions members.
Little Britain United Church continues to be very active. We have an indoor "yard" sale on January 27th, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lots of treasures to be found!
We will have a Valentines Dinner on February 16th at 6 p.m., and celebrate St. Patrick's Day on March 16th, with stew and green punch. We will celebrate local talent with a talent show on April 7th.
Easter is always a special time. We have a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m., with a shared meal before the service. The Good Friday service is at 11. It is a time of reflection, as we hear of the suffering Jesus did for us. Easter Sunday, we celebrate communion and we flower the cross to show our joy of the risen Christ, recognizing that life is eternal.
Our Just 4 Girls group is very active. Young girls in our community meet to discuss their issues and learn new skills and life lessons.
Soup and Sandwich Lunch is the first Tuesday of every month. The lunch includes soup, sandwich, dessert, and a beverage for $6. What a deal!
We are without a regular musician, so if anyone plays piano or organ and would like the opportunity of playing, either on a part time or full time basis, please call our office at 705-786-2899.
We are a welcoming friendly congregation, very involved in our community, with various groups using our facility for regular meetings. Please feel free to join us for worship at 10:30 a.m., or check out any of our events.
I guess this is the January thaw we almost always have during the winter. Quite a thaw this year.
On Saturday, a large crowd of relatives, friends and colleagues gathered at the McLaughlin gallery for the celebration of life for Bill Lishman. His wife of many years, Paula and his family, Aaron, Geordie and Carmen and his granddaughter, as well as several friends spoke. We lost a remarkable citizen with Bill’s passing.
The many friends of Harold Crawford, of Nestleton, are shocked by his sudden passing. Sympathy is extended to Ben and Gail and Steven and Tony. His service will be held at Low and Low in Port Perry, next Saturday at 11 a.m., with visitation at 10 a.m. Harold will be missed.
Word has been received of the passing of long time resident Vernon Asselstine, at the great age of 100. His service will be at Wagg Funeral Home. The date is yet to be announced.
A good crowd gathered at the Rec. Centre Thursday evening, for the Annual meeting of the Blackstock Agricultural Society. After president Dale VanCamp gave everyone a warm welcome and Joyce Kelly said grace, a delicious pot luck dinner was enjoyed. After supper, the guests from the Ont. Association Societies spoke of the activities of the Provincial Board. They also discussed the upcoming convention to be held in February. Bobbie Drew brought greetings from the Township.
The guest speaker for the evening was Harvey Graham, who discussed the changes in the Fair and Tractor Pull over the many years that he has been involved.
The Field Crop winners were announced. Jim Byers was the overall winner. The winners of the sections were Luke Carnaghan for corn, Altona Farms Barkey/Peterborough families for corn.
Dale VanCamp reflected on the successes of the year’s activities. He announced the dates for the Truck and Tractor to be July 6th and 7th and the Demo Derby and the Fair to be August 24th and 25th.
The new slate of officers are Past President Dale VanCamp, President Karen Barkey, Vice President Courtney Peeters, Homecraft President Stephen Back.
Dale was presented with a Service Diploma in appreciation of, and awareness of, his great contribution to the fair.
The winners at the Blackstock euchre club on Tuesday evening were: first Jocelyn Bradbury, who also had the most lone hands; second Barb Blue; third Ellen Gibson, Diane Slute, and Heidi Krieg. Jean Sage had the mid score. The specials were won by Jocelyn Bradbury, Olive Smith, and Doris Manns.
We have had winter and now are experiencing the January thaw! Please, please, stay off the lakes and rivers!
Many Seagravers attended the Trashion Fashion Show in Greenbank, on Friday evening. Anne St. John did an excellent job as the M.C. It was an entertaining evening with lots of laughter and fellowship. Congratulations to the evening U.C.W. members for a wonderful evening.
A Big Bid Euchre was held on January 17th, at Seagrave United Church. Eleanor, took home top prize, Vince came second, Audrey came third and had the most lone hands, Jean came in fourth place, and Deb took the 50/50 draw. A fun night was had by all. Thank you to the people who brought some light snacks to go with the tea and refreshments. The next Big Bid Euchre will be March 21st.
Matt Somerville is putting a story together for the newspaper, regarding the Seagrave bridge and would appreciate any historic photos that anyone might have of the bridge. This bridge is a significant feature of the village and we need to have it restored. Anyone who has photos please contact Matt, either by phone or email, at 416-834-4004 or email@example.com
Committee reports are due for the 2017 annual report, by January 28th. Betty Lou wishes to have them on the 21st. Submit your reports to Betty Lou Beacock at firstname.lastname@example.org
The meet and greet to meet our new minister Stephanie Richmond was well attended and enjoyed.
The Turkey Supper Review meeting decided that they would continue with the Turkey Supper again this year, with some changes to the format.
The funeral service for Marie Foster took place on the 19th at Greenbank Church with Stephanie Richmond and Rev. Richard Parker officiating. It was a beautiful service for “A Beautiful Lady”.
Happy 80th Birthday to Keith Bacon of Greenbank on January 21st.
Sunday was a Combined Service at Greenbank Church with greeters Susan Duivesteyn and Diane Puckrin. John Olivero read the scriptures. Stephanie Richmond’s service was about “The Fishermen” and Jesus saying “follow Me”. It is not always easy to reach out to others, but when you do it is rewarding.
January 25th, at 7:00 p.m. Let’s Talk About with Stephanie Richmond. All are Welcome.
January 29th, at 7:00 p.m. Milk Bag Matting. All are welcome, as many hands make light work.
January 31st, at 7:00 p.m. This is a meeting at Greenbank Church for Greenbank, Seagrave, and Sunderland people to discuss their shared future. Bring your ideas for two, four, and six years down the road.
February 10th, at 9:00 a.m. The Valentine Breakfast will be hosted by the Men's Breakfast Group. Contact Rick at 905-985-8383 or email@example.com if you wish to attend.
If you wish to volunteer for scripture readings on Sunday, contact Stephanie Richmond at 905-718-8086 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone with church or community events coming up in six months or sooner, please email them to John Olivero, email@example.com, to put on the web calendar. Session feels this is a good place to keep people updated and can be accessed smart phone, etc. http://seagrave-church.com
Check our website www.seagrave-church.com for recorded Sunday services, up to date activities, history, local news, etc.
If you wish to rent the hall, call Rick at 905-985-8383 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Once again the weekend weather has been a mix from Saturday's wind, cloud, and sun, milder temperatures, a spring-like Sunday, then fog, and rain Monday morning. The snow is nearly gone again!
At the joint 10 a.m. church service, we were greeted by Susan Duivestyn, of Greenbank, and Diane Puckrin, of Seagrave. There were lovely floral arrangements in memory of Marie Foster whose funeral was on Friday 19th. Little Brynn Smith joined minister Stephanie in lighting the Christ candle. The choir's anthem “Exultate Jubilate” was lovely. Scripture readings were given by John Olivero. The minister would like to have scripture readings read by any of the two congregations from time to time, so please consider this. Call 905-718-8086, or firstname.lastname@example.org
With reference to the scripture of Jesus asking Matthew, Mark, James, and John to leave their fishing jobs and come with Him to spread God's love, and the story of the spider who helped the little spiders cross a river by spinning a web, and teaching them how. Stephanie encouraged the children to reach out and help someone somehow at school, at home, or at play, in the coming week. This is a message for all!
Picture handouts were given to the children by Stephanie as they left for Sunday School time.
Next week, services resume at 11 a.m. at Greenbank United Church and 9:15 a.m. at Seagrave United Church. It's time for all committee reports to be handed in by next Sunday, January 28th, for Valerie Hunter, at the Greenbank Church, and Betty Lou Beacock, at the Seagrave Church. Norma Ferguson and the nominating committee asked for any changes wished for, to be given to her, Barb Ward, or Dianne Pelletier, for our February Annual Meeting.
The Observer subscriptions are due this week so please contact Cheryl if you are a new subscriber or wish to cancel your magazine. The cost is $25. Contact her at 905-985-4337 or mail to 5 Pearl Dr., Greenbank L0C 1B0.
Seagrave people are weaving plastic milk bag mats at their church Monday January 29th, at 7:30 p.m. Anyone is welcome to come help and learn.
It was a very busy four days at Greenbank church. The 4H Annual Banquet was on Thursday January 18th. There was funeral service celebrating the life of the longtime Greenbank friend to many, Marie Foster, on Friday afternoon. The previously planned Trashion Fashion's was held on Friday evening; it was a great show by the Greenbank models plus two, Marcia (Mark) and Theodora (Ted). Then on Saturday it was the 80th Birthday party for Keith Bacon and there was a joint service on Sunday morning. After these busy days, one can look back at reacquainting with former friends and neighbours, happy times, and sad ones. This next week is a quieter one.
Please let me know if you have items to share. You can call me at 905-985-0535 or drop off information at 20018 Hwy.12, Greenbank.
Greenbank Public School had Hot Dog lunch on the 18th; P.A. Day on the 19th; and a snow day on the 22nd, due to freezing rain that was expected.
The S.C.C. is sponsoring two skating afternoons, one on February 23rd and one on March 23rd, and are looking for volunteers to tie laces. The school number is 905-985-2567.
With the children back in school, three children received Sunshine tickets for being helpful. Congratulations Keira B., Cassidy M., and Lexie G.
Ukulele Club has started again for former and new members. Kindergarten registration begins at 4 p.m. on Monday, January 15th, 2018. This Friday, January 19th, will be a P.A. Day.
After two months in Oshawa Hospital, Earl Phoenix is now recuperating at home. We wish him continued better health.
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Marie Foster on Saturday, January 13th, after being ill in the hospital since early December. Sincere sympathy goes to Rodd, and all Marie's family and friends in their sorrow. A service celebrating Marie's life will be held at Greenbank United Church, Friday, January 19th, 2018, at 2 p.m. There will be a visitation Thursday, January 18th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Low and Low Funeral Home on Reach St., Port Perry.
It is also sad to know that Hillis Wilbur of Utica passed away January 9th. Hillis lived his life time mostly in Utica, and married Carol Beare of Greenbank. A celebration of Hillis' life will be held in February. Sincere sympathy to Carol, their sons and families, and friends.
On a lighter note, you can come Friday, January 19th, 7:30 p.m. to the Evening U.C.W.'s “Trashion Fashion Show” at the church. You will see how our trash is made into lovely attire! Refreshments will be served. Tickets are $15 at the door or from any Evening U.C.W. member, or contact Carla at 905-985-1908 or Deb at 905-985-2090.
Come celebrate Keith Bacon's 80th birthday with an Open House at Greenbank United Church, Saturday, January 20th, from noon to 3 p.m. Light lunch and refreshments will be served. Best wishes only please.
Congratulations to Denise Bell who was among the six individuals and one group honoured at the Mayor and Council's 2018 New Year's Levee, on Sunday, January 14th at Scugog Arena. Betty Somerville made the presentation to Kerri Ann Bell, Denise's daughter, as Denise and Dave had a previous commitment event at Noranda, Quebec. Denise's hours of volunteering included Greenbank Hall/Parks (Ianson and Couves) fundraisers e.g. Soap Box Derby, Greenbank Public School Community Council, music, making costumes, theatre, the Greenbank 150 H.B. Canada Celebration, and much more.
On Saturday the 13th, the Seagrave Church lower hall was filled with people who came to thank and wish Rev. Richard and Marcia Parker farewell, as his ministry of more than three years has ended, and partial retirement is in their future. The delicious and ample pot luck food, cards, group gift, and speeches from several, were sincere tokens of appreciation to a part-time minister who gave so much to both communities. They will be missed, but our new student minister Stephanie Richmond is already finding a place in the hearts of both churches.
Sunday morning at the 11 a.m. service, Stephanie invited young Jack Powers to light the Christ Candle with her. Her children's story of God calling Samuel in the night encouraged the 9 youngsters (and all) to listen to God – special God moments. Pauline Reed's Mission and Service talk told of work being done in Kenya, South Africa, a team of 16 M&S workers who visited in March 2017 sites, supported by M&S in Kenya.
Doug Watson read Rev. Richard and Marcia's thanks for Saturday's party. Valerie Hunter asks for annual reports by January 28th.
Service next Sunday January 21st is at 10:00 a.m. at Greenbank – no service at Seagrave. Refreshments to follow. Come join in worship.
It was nice but hard to believe that so much snow could melt away as quickly as it did midweek! And then on Friday we had three seasons in one day, as the temperature plummeted from +8C in the morning to -20C at night.
I had one less thing to worry about (two if you count the new battery in my car) on Thursday as I trapped my two little wild kitties and got them in the house. It was while I was driving to and from the SPCA in Newmarket on Friday, that some of the greatest changes took place, including the dense snow, where in the morning it had been fog. And still some crazy drivers were passing while visibility was seriously affected! I am now having fun trying to tame these two little beauties. That makes five now, but the other three are none too pleased.
On January 7th, our Asling family held their Christmas party at Rob and Allison Ashton’s. There were about 35 present coming from Port Bolster, Port Perry, Uxbridge, Whitby, Oshawa, Hanover, Toronto, and Oakville. Having it later gave all those with kids a little break from the hectic pre-Christmas and post-Christmas days.
On January 7th, the Sandford community lost another long-time member with the passing of Carol Ann Taylor. Carol Ann had been battling medical conditions for several years. Our sympathies to husband Neil, son Stephen, daughter Rosemary, and their families! No arrangements have been announced as of yet.
This past Saturday a large crowd attended the celebration of life for Harry Johnson. Our former minister Rev. Diane Bennett-Jones conducted the lovely service. It was great to see both her and hubby Chris, once more. Grandsons Tyler and Kevin, and foster daughter Ashley Briggs gave eulogies and Dwight Clements read a letter from a Dutch friend who had trained in the airforce with Harry and had kept in touch, visiting back and forth, ever since those days. Granddaughter Casey Spencer sang “Amazing Grace” and the beautiful hymn accompaniment was provided by Richard Watson.
Birthday wishes go out to Betty Lummiss, Frank Radley, Jason Popadynic, and Brad Clark. Best wishes to anyone else celebrating birthdays or anniversaries! Betty and Frank were both recognized at the Community Care luncheon Tuesday. Speedy recovery is wished for Bruce Smith, who is nursing a carpel tunnel operation.
Some of the dairy farmers around may receive a magazine called “the Link” from the Ontario Holstein organization. The new winter edition has a three page spread on the Mustard family, tracing the family history to six generations of general farming, to today with their robot milking facilities. There are some excellent photos of the family as well. Great to see some of our local farmers receiving recognition!
Church services today were conducted by Adele Boy, who is completing her lay ministry training. She tells me the course is actually three years long, not two. Casey Spencer played at Sandford while Nancy Wolfe played at Zephyr. Next Sunday we are back on schedule again. Melinda is presently involved in the theatre production of “Oklahoma”!
I spent a nice hour visiting Doreen VanVught on Sunday afternoon. Although she is half a mile away, we seldom get to visit.
On Thursday January 18th, the Zephyr Council will meet at 2 p.m. and the Sandford Council will meet on Tuesday January 23rd at 7 p.m. Some important decisions lie ahead! On January 25th, the Sandford U.C.W. will hold their A.G.M. with a potluck lunch. All ladies are invited to attend at 12:30 p.m. The program for 2018 will be drawn up and a new executive will be chosen. On Wednesday February 7th, the church will be hosting the Soupers lunch, held weekly at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian in Uxbridge, for the Food Bank.
On Sunday January 28th, a most important congregational meeting will be held. Everyone involved with the church is urged to attend and have their say.
Uxbridge Genealogy Group meets again this Thursday, January 18th, 7:00 p.m. Guest speaker is Christine Woodcock who will be discussing Scottish settlements in various parts of the country. We hope the weather cooperates when we have speakers from afar.
North Durham Nature has two upcoming events. On Saturday January 20th, there is a feeder watch scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon. This is mostly a driving event where you check out bird feeders in the area, to see what birds are feasting. My experience with this is the worse the weather, the better, as more birds appear, but that is not necessarily great for driving. Call Derek Connelly if you would like to participate.
The second event is the A.G.M. on Thursday January 25th, the slate of officers will be presented and voted on followed by a test of your wildlife knowledge. This sounds like fun as you will be working with a team. Everyone is invited, but it costs $5 for non-members. Members can renew their membership.
Call to worship was called by Rev. Michele Hofman. A warm greeting went out to all.
Please submit your reports to Elizabeth by the end of January, for the Annual Report.
The First Nation Community is getting back into the full swing of activities for both the children and the adults.
Happy birthdays this week go out to: Cody McRae on the 15th, Ryan McCourt on the 16th, Tom Lambert on the 17th, Robert (Bob) Edgar on the 20th, and also to Harper Goose and Tanaya Eade on the 21st. Happy birthday or anniversary to anyone who was missed.
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We have had our January thaw and right back into a deep freeze, all in one day! I know that I woke up to find green grass and went to bed with the lawn covered in snow and ice.
The pot luck luncheon and celebration given for Rev. Richard and Marcia Parker was awesome. The Greenbank and Seagrave churches provided food and more food to feed an army of friends who came to wish Richard and Marcia a healthy and happy retirement. Although I just can't see this man being retired for long. We thank God for bringing Richard and Marcia to us. The Parkers brought this pastoral charge together once again. Tears were shed, laughter and memories shared. We shall miss you, Richard and Marcia, but we welcome Stephanie and Bill to lead the flock now.
Sympathy goes to Rodd Foster and family on the recent passing of his wife, Marie.
The greeters on Sunday were Jack and Elizabeth Redshaw. Elizabeth lit the Christ candle at the beginning of the service.
Len Somerville and Verna Gagnon visited the birthday box. Birthday wishes also to Rosalind Stephens on the 14th, Justin Thomas on the 17th, Peter Booth on the 20th, Craig Short on the 22nd, Joyce Abraham on the 22nd, and Katie O'Hara on the 23rd.
Our new minister Stephanie's children's story started with a question. How does God contact us? With a phone! No, He talks to us in different ways, such as music, praying, and nature. Sunday was the second day of Epiphany. An epiphany moment is when you open your heart to God to a divine minute speaking to our maker. Betty Lou Beacock read the scriptures.
Committee reports are due for the 2017 annual report by January 28th. Betty Lou wishes to have them on the 21st. Submit your reports to Betty Lou Beacock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 17th, at 7:30 p.m. and every third Wednesday of the month, Seagrave Church is reaching into the community with Big Bid Euchre Night in the basement of the church. Contact John Olivero at 905-449-8608 for more information.
January 18th, at 7:00 p.m. Turkey Supper review meeting.
January 21st, at 10:00 a.m. Combined Service at Greenbank, followed by a light luncheon. Seagrave Church will be closed.
January 25th, at 7:00 p.m. Let’s Talk About with Stephanie Richmond. All are welcome.
February 10th, at 9:00 a.m. Valentine breakfast hosted by the men's breakfast group. Contact Rick at 905-985-8383 or email@example.com if you wish to attend.
If you wish to volunteer for scripture readings on Sunday, contact Stephanie Richmond at 905-718-8086 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone with church or community events coming up in six months or sooner, please email them to John Olivero, email@example.com, to put on the web calendar. Session feels this is a good place to keep people updated and can be accessed smart phone, etc. http://seagrave-church.com.
Check our website www.seagrave-church.com for recorded Sunday services, up to date activities, history, local news, etc.
If you wish to rent the hall, call Rick at 905-985-8383 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have an item for this column phone Jean at 905-985-9921, or email her at email@example.com.